It's been a while since we last introduced you to a Hue product. We are therefore remedying this by presenting to you today the famous and often acclaimed Philips Hue LightStrip LED strip, more exactly the model LightStrip White & Color Ambiance two meters long with its one meter extension.
As this is a benchmark in connected lighting, we regularly tell you about Philips Hue, which we began to discover with the classic Philips Hue White & Color Ambiance starter kit review comprising the bridge "essential" for the operation of products using the ZigBee communication protocol. Discovery that continued with the GU10 White and Color then the connected bulb Philips Hue White which in addition to the ZigBee protocol under which all the products in the Hue range operate, also accepts a Bluetooth connection. But Philips does not only offer connected bulbs compatible with Alexa. It is also a movement detector or a connected video doorbell for example.
The lighting is not done only with the traditional bulbs known as bayonets or screws and listed according to their E14 or E27 base. The Dutch brand founded in 1891, whose full name is Koninklijke Philips NV, therefore offers lighting in the form of an LED strip (Light Emitting Diode): three meters of lighting dimmable and of course compatible Alexa. The two strips can be purchased individually at the respective price of 79.99 € the 2 meter tape et 26.99 € the extension of one meter. The set is sold as a set. around 95.02 €.
Philips Hue LightStrip White & Color Ambiance: add color to your interior
Unboxing and presentation
As always, Philips knows how to present its products. We find the colors of the Hue range, mauves, and chic packaging sufficiently rigid and thick not to fear shocks. Each of the two boxes is presented in much the same way: on the front side a visual of the banner with the dimension of the product contained, in the upper left corner the brand, as well as information concerning the characteristics of the lighting such as dimmable, varying from a warm white (yellow) to 2000K to a cold white (daylight) of 6500K and a color chart promising us 16 million are indicated. On the box of the extension a pellet displays in zoom the connection between the two parts.
On the back of each of the boxes, we have the technical information specifying in particular that it is necessary to have the Philips Hue bridge for the support of the ZigBee protocol. Also mentioned are information regarding the power supply, its estimated lifespan of 25 hours or the number of activation supported which is 50.
Finally, the drawing of a pair of scissors shows that it is possible to cut the LED strips in the areas provided for this purpose which are 33 cm apart from each other. However, information specific to each strip is displayed on each packaging such as 1600 lumens for the main strip against 950 lumens for extension or even power 20.5W indicated for the 2M band against 11.5W for that of 1M. Why this difference? Because the shorter extension logically has fewer LEDs.
On one of the small sides, the label of the energy class tells us that the 2-meter strip is classified A while the extension is classified as A +. A new divergence which is explained, here again, by the length of the strip and the number of LEDs… On the last side, the ZigBee logo is not the most visible information possible, but it is present!
Now let's see the content!
Let's start with the smallest of the boxes. This is the one contains the LED strip ofone meter defined as extension. The box opens from above and we find the rolled up headband placed on a plinth also made of cardboard. By lifting this small plate, we discover the fitting below 10 cm long which will be used to make the junction between the two LED strips. The connection system is simple and well highlighted on the box. On the one hand, it ends with small pins and on the other with typical female plugs. You just have to come and plug it between the two bands. Note that there is no final "plug" at the end of the headband, Philips Hue having designed its product in such a way that it is possible, by successive addition of several extensions, to obtain up to 10 meters of lighting connected to the same power supply unit. We also find in this box a safety instruction booklet and an instruction manual very well schematized for the installation part and explained for the pairing part.
The main box, in the form of a large box, contains the Philips Hue LightStrip tape of 2 meters. This is also placed on a cardboard base. Two removable mains plugs corresponding to UK or FR standards are fitted on either side of this tray.. A simple "clipping" on the power supply of the model with two plugs, therefore without earth connection, and our socket will be functional for our French electrical system. The possibility of having another model of mains plug available is interesting in the event of geographical mobility. A bead of 2.40 meters with male plug at the ends will connect it to the transformer.
The two LED strips have in common that they are obviously designed in the same material, translucent silicone, to allow the luminous flux of the LEDs to pass through. On the back, a 3M brand adhesive tape (meaning Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing) of the same length allows it to be easily attached to a wall.
If it is possible to obtain up to 10 linear meters of lighting, it is very likely that the size of the tape does not correspond exactly to that of the installation location. What to do in this case if there is too much length? Well, you just have to cut it with scissors (yes yes!) Respecting the defined area well, without causing irreparable damage. Well thought !
These locations are spaced 33 cm apart and can be identified by the dotted lines and the chisel. This possibility of cutting is obviously found on each of the bands. The LEDs grouped by three are distributed all along the ribbon, leaving a space of 4cm between each group. The matter and the weak headband thickness 0.4cm for 1.4cm wide makes it very flexible to the point that it is sometimes difficult to take pictures of it because the headband does not stay in place.
Philips Hue LightStrip: a colorful headband
Installation and use
The installation of this headband will be done in two stages. You must first choose the right location in order to obtain the best result, and once the connection is installed between the two strips, calculate the length before any possible cut so that the power supply cable does not become too big. wart even if we appreciate the great length of 2.40 meters of electric wire to connect it. Being classified index IP20, it is not possible to install it outdoors unlike the tape LEDVANCE Smart+ whose IP65 rating allows it or. Once the location of its installation has been determined, the pairing must be carried out. As indicated on the packaging, it is necessary to have a Philips Hue bridge which will act as a communicating gateway between the actions requested via the Philips Hue application or by voice with our assistant Alexa and the headband. However, as noted above, some Echo devices with this same protocol allow its direct recognition without a bridge. For installation according to this procedure, we invite you to follow the methodology indicated in the LUD LEDVANCE tape test Smart Outdoor.
For pairing, the first thing to do is to connect our headband to the mains. It's silly to say it, but it can help!
If, for you, this is your first installation of a Philips Hue object, via the bridge, it is enough from the Play Store (or IOS) to install the eponymous application. Once the bridge is connected to your box and electrically connected, the search starts. Just follow what is displayed on your smartphone and press the central button at the time required to activate the bridge.
Once the application is open, we will click on the toothed wheel bottom right in " settings ", And then "Light configuration" and finally on "Add a light". The research process begins.
Once our banner is found, it is added to the list of lights that may already be known. It is of course possible to rename it by clicking on it as well as by returning to the main settings page and choosing "Rooms and zones" to determine an assignment document.
The very complete Philips Hue application allows you to fine-tune the choice of the desired color and also has different menus for the creation of scenarios.
And with Alexa ?
Well no worries, our ribbon goes up in the application Alexa without difficulty. it is logically recorded in the lights. It is, as with any light bulb, then possible to create routines.
Here are the colors colors available in the application Alexa :
The installation is very easy and the use is extremely simple, the color change instantaneous. The possibilities of routines are there, even if the color panel is smaller than in the Hue application. It can illuminate a staircase, a kitchen cabinet base, such as a hallway at night by adjusting a low light intensity so as not to upset those who are sleeping. The possibilities are limitless except for possible wall constraints.
Small overview of the Philips Hue LightStriop installed in a staircase: